In November 2016 architect Timothy Moore and Historic Heart Project Manager Sandy Anghie invited a group of Perth creatives to attend a workshop on the Historic Heart Project.
The purpose of the workshop was to:
• Introduce and connect creatives to the Historic Heart Project and the east end of the Perth CBD.
• Interrogate the ideas contained within the Historic Heart Working Document and obtain feedback.
• Generate discussion on how we may be able to create a twenty first century precinct in Perth’s east end, while building on the past and present.
• Build creative knowledge to inform future initiatives and strategies for the Historic Heart for 2017 and beyond.
The workshop commenced with an overview of the Historic Heart Project followed by a walking tour of the east end. The group was then divided into 3 focus groups: 1. Identity and Technology; 2. Community and Culture; 3. Infrastructure. The focus groups were given one hour to discuss the project and generate ideas - with a nominal budget of $200,000 over a two-year time frame. The workshop ended with presentations back to the group.
The group included Marcus Canning (Fringe World Festival), Carly Barrett (Open House Perth), Nic Brunsden (Post and Space Market), Dr. Joerg Baumeister (director Australian Urban Design Research Centre), Dr Shane Grieve (planning at Curtin University) and Ali Sumner and Toby Whittington (Green World Revolution).
The workshop was intended as the starting point for further discussions and engagement with the creative practices attending, with many of the creatives continuing to be engaged with the Historic Heart Project.